This is the first I have ever heard of those who partook of the rebellion being shipped to Australia, and I read a lot of Canadian history. This doesn't mean its not true; however, most of the leaders of the rebellion in what was then Lower Canada, left for the U.S, which is only about 30 minutes by car today from the area where most of the activity was. That is along the Richelieu river between about Beloeil and St-Jean and had been settled by the family's of many French soldiers. The Richelieu River was also the major communication route between Montreal and New York City. Go up the Richelieu River to Lake Champlain, then continue to Albany, portage to the Hudson River and then go down to New York. This is how many left for the US. This route is one of the reasons for the existence and the past importance of Albany, along with the fact that it is also near the Mohawk River over which one can canoe and portage all the way to Lake Erie (i.e. Erie canal).